Analysis Of “Behind Grandma’s House”

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In the poem “Behind Grandma’s House”, Gary Soto writes about an experience he had as a young boy. He speaks of himself as being a nerdy Spanish boy who wants attention. He screams out for attention by acting out in negative ways. Most know, to bring attention to one’s self, one can acquire it by acting negatively or positively, but negative attention brings punishment. Soto obtains his grandmothers attention at the end of the poem, but he may have regretted it. Gary Soto’s “Behind Grandma’s House” is a 1952 free verse poem that uses imagery to suggest the speaker’s perspective of the story.
From the beginning of the poem, Soto depicts himself as a ten year old who wanted attention. He ...view middle of the document...

How he goes about finding attention as more of a lawless vandal then a sweet ten-year-old boy. He reveals his attitude toward the poem in saying, “And I wanted to prove I was tough”, by being tough, he was actually very destructive and disruptive (5). He “borrowed a dog” which meant he stole a dog, and he was, “In the alley, kicking over trash cans” (3, 6). In addition, as stated previously, he was using profanity toward an imaginary Catholic priest. This is the tone, or attitude, Soto is using to get attention, and it is definitely a negative one.
The second character in the poem is Soto’s grandmother. From the description throughout the poem, it is known she is most likely Spanish, and most Spaniards were Catholic in the 1950’s. Being a Catholic grandmother in that era, one would have to say she had strict rules, but still a loving person. She is not physically introduced until the very end of the poem, which indicates she may have been working in the home, as grandmothers did. Soto described her hair as being “mussed”, so one could picture her possibly scrubbing the kitchen floor when she noticed her young grandson acting out in the yard (20). In addition, she was not feeble. The poem states, “Her apron flapping in a breeze, / Her hair...

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